Collision with terrain involving Mooney M20J, VH-DJU, near Bellingen, NSW, on 20 September 2019 - new investigation
Wreckage of the aircraft, which was on a private flight from Murwillumbah to Taree, was found in the Dorrigo National Park, west of Coffs Harbour by a rescue helicopter as part of a search coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
Incorrect configuration involving Boeing 787, registered VN-A870 near Melbourne, Victoria, on 19 September 2019 - new investigation
During approach to land, Melbourne Air Traffic Control advised the crew that the aircraft’s landing gear was observed not to be extended. The crew initiated a missed approach.
Aircraft preparation event involving A320, VH-FNP, Perth Airport, Western Australia, on 14 August 2018 - final report
While all persons working in and around aircraft have specific roles, they also have a responsibility to notify the operating crew about any concerns they may have with the aircraft. It is imperative that any concerns are assessed and rectified by appropriately qualified personnel before flight.
Collision with water involving Bell UH-1H, VH-UVC, Anna Bay, NSW, on 6 September 2019 - new investigation
Any witnesses who may have seen the helicopter flying over Anna Bay are asked to contact the ATSB via its online form www.atsb.gov.au/witness or by calling 1800 992 986.
Undetected engine thrust reverser deactivation involving Airbus A320, VH-VQG, Gold Coast Airport, Queensland on 18 December 2017 - final report
The ATSB is highlighting the importance of following procedures after a lockout pin was not removed after maintenance, which resulted in an Airbus A320’s left engine thrust reverser not activating when selected on landing.
Visual flight rules pilots pressing on into instrument meteorological conditions without a current instrument rating carries a significant risk of spatial disorientation due to powerful and misleading orientation sensations with reduced visual cues.
» Disorientation can affect any pilot, no matter what their level of experience.
» Avoid deteriorating weather by conducting thorough pre-flight planning.
» Use a ‘personal minimums’ checklist to help control and manage risk.
» If you become disoriented or lost in marginal weather, seek whatever help is available, including support from air traffic control.